Friday, 19 October 2012

How to crochet a shrug bolero

I think one of the most desirable crochet items that any beginner crocheter would love to make apart from hats would have to be the bolero shrug. Yet it is one of the hardest to get your head around.

The bolero shrug basic pattern is in fact very easy to make once you get your head around how to put it together and once you grasp the basics you will want to make more and more of them!

So here is the HappyBerry Crochet technique of how to make a simple yet stylish bolero shrug, made to measure.

The first thing to do is to make the basic rectangle shape which will become the main body of your shrug. You can crochet this shape however you like, imagine you are just making a lovely baby blanket, so you can use any stitch you like. For this shrug I went with a simple double crochet stitch.

Before you start your rectangle shape you will need to measure from shoulder to shoulder. This doesn't have to be a perfect measurement because the longer it is the more length you will have in your arms. I preferred to just measure over my shoulders behind my neck and finishing about the middle of each upper arm.

You then crochet your foundation stitches. In this pattern I crocheted some double crochet foundation stitches so I didn't have a hard edging. This came to 54 double crochet foundation stitches and I was working with a chunky yarn and a 10mm hook.

So now we need to crochet our length. So we need to keep repeating our double crochet stitching or whatever pattern you have chosen until the length reaches about half way down your back when draped around your shoulders like a shawl. Each corner should also be able to connect under each arm.

When working your rows I worked an extra 'chain 1' when I reached the end of my row and then turned my work to crochet my next double crochet stitch into the first stitch on that row. Don't count your chain 1 as a stitch though. Now you can see the shape coming together! So what's next?

Well we now need to stitch together our corners with a couple of stitches to keep the arms holes in place. Now we have the basic bolero shrug shape which we can now play with!

The next thing to do is to crochet a round of single crochet stitches around the central opening to neaten off the edge. You can also do this for the arm holes if you prefer but I haven't done this for this pattern.

Now we need to think about some fancy edging to really bring our shrug into shape.

For this pattern I have opted for some ribbing which is quite long which will add shape.

Now you have completed your round of single crochet stitches, chain about 19 stitches out from your shrug, then crochet 1 single crochet into your 2nd st from hook and in each st along. Slip stitch into the next stitch on your main shrug to join.

To create the ribbing effect now you need to crochet into the back loops only when working up and down your ribbing edge, chaining 1 at the end and then turning to work into the first stitch on the next row.

Once you've reached the end just simple slip stitch along to join each side of your ribbing together, fasten off and try it on!

I hope you enjoyed that quick tutorial. If you have any question then just pop along to my Facebook page here: where you can also find lots more free patterns and tutorials.

Happy crocheting!

© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in a crochet group. Thank you.

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